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Human Performance – Prepayment Program – Denmark/Sweden

February 15 @ 9:00 AM - February 17 @ 6:00 PM EST



Dr. Kenneth Jay
Dr. Mike Nelson
Dr. Freddys Garcia
Dr. Matthew Antonucci
& contributions from Professor Frederick Carrick

This program is designed to raise the bar in the Strength & Conditioning human performance and fitness industry.  The Carrick Institute Human Performance (CIHP) program steps away from the single-factor thinking and application that is prevalent in the industry and instead, introduces a modern multi-factorial and integrated model for optimizing human function and performance.

The CIHP program is about unlocking the full human potential using a brain-based neurological approach to integrating all the working systems within the body. The CIHP bridges the gap between neurology and biomechanics for structural strength, power, endurance, and health and it utilizes most recent knowledge about the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems to improve the efficiency of the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems in multiple contextual scenario settings. The CIHP offers neuro-metabolic and nutritional strategies enabling the fitness professional to cut through the clutter and misinformation currently affecting millions of people in a 60-billion-dollar-a-year industry. Seen through a neurological lens, the key to accelerated optimization of human performance is embedded in the proper understanding of human systems integration. All systems in the body have both “effector “and “affecter” roles to uphold homeostasis and ensure survival which is 1st priority. However, performance lies at the opposite end of the spectrum, thus effectors and affecters may not be ideally primed for performance. For instance, neurology may affect the ability to display strength or power, or it may affect your ability to endure prolonged cardiovascular work. Conversely, the health and function of the heart and circulatory system plays a significant role in brain function. Similarly, nutrition and endocrinology greatly affect both cardiovascular and musculoskeletal function and performance. Indeed, a multidimensional model for human performance is more encompassing than any single factor strategy.

Nothing in the body is simple, and the interaction between systems is some of the most complex to address. The CIHP simplifies human performance as much as scientifically possible but no simpler than that While simple single-factor models are often easily comprehended they force assumptions and guesswork. The CIHP program is designed to limit assumptions as they are often based on a certain belief system. Belief systems are based on perception and interpretation of input and noise from your surroundings and the interactions that occur. Unfortunately, they are often, biased. By applying the most recent cutting-edge scientific research and bridging the gap to an efficient application, the biases are circumvented, and the desired outcome is created in the most effective and direct manner.

501: Strength, Power and Neuro-Biomechanics

In this module learn how to develop strength, power and how the brain affects biomechanics.

Imagine having the gift to be able to assess an athlete and know exactly how to unlock more strength and power out of their performance. Better yet, imagine how the game changes when you know what your athlete actually needs, is it strength or power?  What if you can see the interplay between neurology and sports biomechanics, being able to create strategies that can often yield instantaneous results for your athlete?

In this module, learn at a Master’s level, strategies to assess an athlete’s current strength and power capability, and then create a customized approach to maximize their potential. Create brain-based applications that increase an athlete’s biomechanical efficiency to yield blazing fast results. Learn from the experience that the research and evidence teaches you and then work in a new paradigm where neurology and biomechanics govern your performance, and you can control it all.

Welcome to 501: Strength, Power, and Neuro-Biomechanics. The game is about to change, and with us on your team.. you win! 

This course comprises of 2 parts, an online flipped classroom and live training component.
In this 45-hour flipped classroom and 25-hour live training module the following topics are covered:

Flipped classroom

  • Introduction to biomechanics
  • Principles, laws, and models
  • Tension of muscle tissue
  • Regulation of muscle force
  • Structure and function of skeletal muscle
  • Muscle fiber types, orientation, and the cross-bridge cycle
  • Neuromotor system organization
  • Nerve supply to muscle
  • Functional characteristics of motor units
  • Receptors in muscles, joints, and tendons
  • The endocrine system and physical activity
  • Development and measurement of muscle performance parameters
  • The stress of resistance training
  • Detraining and periodization basics
  • The neural link to performance adaptations
  • Motor learning theory

Live training

  • The biomechanics of efficient movement – Learn how to leverage neuro-biomechanics to make ANY movement easier than ever before!
  • The basics of assessing – Learn to perform athletic diagnostics and reduce the learning curve of your athlete.
  • Key strength, power, hypertrophy, and endurance testing methods – Testing provides data and data help you make better decisions, so you don’t waste any time in the gym.
  • Asymmetrical, Opposing and Unilateral movements – This paradigm shift gives you the building blocks required to interact with your surroundings efficiently and drastically reduce the chance of injury.
  • Integrated movements and muscle actions – Coordination, timing, and sequencing. The brain outputs that separate the best from the mediocre!
  • Velocity-based training – Learn how to develop the skill and capacity to move with effortless power by leveraging distinct neurological phenomena of the human body.
  • Updated Occlusion training – Taking a scientific shortcut to body-armor building (aka hypertrophy) without overloading your CNS!
  • Vector-based strength and power training – How to use physics to prepare the body for the real world and athletics.
  • Imperfection training – How good are you when circumstances are NOT ideal? Can you handle being loaded with speed and off-balance? Imperfection training was coined by the late Dr. Mel Siff and prepares the athlete for the unexpected and potentially dangerous – become anti-fragile!
  • Updated Plyometrics – Reframing a misunderstood training modality from a neuro-perspective.
  • New Flexibility Concepts – To stretch or not to stretch? Learn what science says and understand the difference between flexibility, mobility and motor control.
  • Focus and visualization – Breaking the mental barrier and winning the internal fight.
  • Recovery and the limiting factors of muscular development – Learn the limitations of the human body to manipulate them in your favor. Proper recovery tactics and fatigue management are key!

502: Cardiovascular Enhancement and Neuro-integration

Cardio training. One of the most misunderstood aspects of human performance enhancement.  Is running the best cardio training?  Maybe its 200 burpees in 20 minutes?  Why did you train all that cardio and still gas out when it came down to pull away from the pack?

You have questions.. we have the answers. Learn the most modern and effective methods to assess and train the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems! Learn all the CVP physiology and the tricks and tools to take the breaks of your performance.  Learn how the neurology integrates into your cardiovascular output so you can manipulate the interplay between brain and endurance. No fluff, no guessing, just the in the trenches tools you need.

They are going to watch your athletes cross the finish line and wonder what happened… Tell them next year. For now, enjoy your victory lap.

This course comprises of 2 parts, an online flipped classroom and live training component.
In this 45-hour flipped classroom and 25-hour live training module the following topics are covered:

Flipped classroom

  • The structure and function of the pulmonary system
  • Gas exchange and transport
  • Regulation of pulmonary ventilation
  • Acid-base regulation
  • The structure and function of the cardiovascular system
  • At altitude
  • Training the cardiovascular system
  • Thermoregulation and acclimatization

Live training

  • The purpose of the cardiovascular system – Learn what the heart does, how it adapts and how training it benefits your overall health, your brain and supercharges your muscles to do more work.
  • Heart morphology and the athlete’s heart – The heart changes with exercise. Make sure the change you are getting is the change you want.
  • What is cardio really? – Learn the difference between lifting weights and rowing a 2k. They both make you breathe hard, but they provide very different stimuli. Learn to do it right, and you will crush any obstacle with a heart of elastic steel.
  • Oxygen uptake and the gold standard of cardiovascular health – Learn what the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) is and how you can use it to make better training decisions.
  • Aerobic and anaerobic training and testing – What gets measured, gets improved. Learn how to test and interpret the results for continuous progress!
  • Running, rowing, cycling, cross-country skiing – Learn the differences and commonalities between the classic cardio exercises. 
  • Cardiovascular training and the effect on the brain – Learn techniques to improve other aspects of your physiology through cardio training.
  • Calculating energy expenditure and the 1200Cal/hr workout –  Learn to cut through the BS with a proper understanding of energy expenditure when someone claims  that  they burned 1200 calories in an hour of (insert any activity here)
  • Efficiency and the functional threshold – Learn to train at the functional threshold to develop the stamina of a racehorse. More is not always better!
  • Cardiovascular assessments – Learn to evaluate your client’s cardiovascular system for continuous health and progress.
  • Monitoring the training effect – Learn to track the training effect and when to make adjustments in the training plan.
  • Breathing for stamina – Learn to take advantage of the neurology of breathing to overcome barriers in stamina.
  • Fatigue, tolerance and recovery ability – Learn to manage fatigue, increase your tolerance and boost your recovery with the proper ratios of different training stimuli.
  • Limiting factors of cardiovascular adaptations – Know the limitations of the human body to manipulate them in your favor. Proper recovery tactics and fatigue management are key!
  • Cardio Zen: a key component of endurance – Learn to get in “the zone” for cardio.. on command!
  • Designing effective cardiovascular training programs – Proper planning and execution secures victory. Learn the most robust scientific methods for designing cardiovascular training programs, a necessary part of a complete athlete!

Module 503: Metabolism and Neuro-nutritional Strategies

Nutrition is another hotbed of controversy, where people with not enough research, evidence, or experience in the field are recommending diets with little validity and even less effectiveness.  There is far too much misinformation being spread, making it difficult to know what to believe when looking to develop nutritional strategies for your athletes and clients.

Finally, get clarity on what nutritional & metabolic concepts you NEED TO KNOW when designing nutritional programs.  Nutrition for strength or endurance?  Eating for mass gains or looking to improve body composition?  Want to know the inner secrets on performance enhancers? (this section alone is worth the tuition!) . Learn clinical applications of the gut-brain connection and why ignoring your client’s nervous system function could be the missing link in their progress.

Get ready, because Dr. Nelson is not holding anything back!

This course comprises of 2 parts, an online flipped classroom and live training component.
In this 45-hour flipped classroom and 25-hour live training module the following topics are covered:

Flipped classroom

  • An introduction to the digestive, immune, endocrine and renal systems
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Alcohol
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Water
  • Fueling your activity
  • The basics of energy transfer
  • Phosphate bond energy
  • Energy systems and expenditure
  • Energy expenditure during physical activity
  • Body composition and weight control
  • Principles of weight control: Diet and physical activity

Live training

  • Performance Nutrition Primer – Why and How to have a massive positive impact on your athletes through nutrition.
  • Glucose regulation- Learn how and when to leverage high and low glucose environments for optimum performance.
  • Proteins, Fats, and Carbs in the real world – Learn a simple 4S model to understand how to use them best in your individualized program.
  • Micronutrients – Get clarity around what micronutrients your athletes need to perform at their peak, and why.
  • Performance enhancers – Which ones actually work based on research and which are worthless.
  • Fasting Blood Glucose, Ketones, and Fuel Shifting – How are they all related and can be leveraged for body composition and performance.
  • Fuel usage and exercise intensity – What is the relationship between them, how much can it vary from one athlete to the next, and find out which one serves your athlete best!
  • Supplements – Learn the physiologic basis and actual research on their effects.
  • Lactate – Cut through the hype and miseducation of lactate, and why you need to leverage it.
  • Designing a nutrition template – Get an in-the-trenches-tested formula to create a customized nutritional strategy for your athletes.  You don’t have to guess!
  • Nutrition Destress – When you NEED to prioritize adaptations over performance.
  • Caffeine – We love it and you need to leverage it too! Everything from doses, mechanisms and more.
  • Gut-Brain Axis Implications & Applications – Understanding the power of this two-way street is commonly ignored.  Learn how to master it!
  • Positive Body Composition changes – Learn what are the best-proven methods to alter body composition and how to apply them in the real world from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior.

Module 504: Neuro-modulation of Human Performance

Your brain influences every aspect of your human and sports potential. Understanding the brain and nervous system, learning how to screen it, assess it, and how to bias its function to improve human performance is the future of human performance optimization.  No longer is it just physiology, it has become neuro-physiology. No longer is it just biomechanics, it has become neuro-biomechanics. If you don’t know how to directly interface with your athlete’s nervous system, then you are missing out on the opportunity to have the MOST POWERFUL EFFECTS possible and truly UNLOCK their performance potential!

In this module, you will learn sports functional neurology from the SOURCE!  We will demystify the complex world of applied clinical neuroscience, and teach you a fluid and dynamic model that is effective, repeatable, and able to apply to your athletes and clients right away.  These final layers of knowledge for the Human Performance Program will magnify the power of the previous information covered in the series.   Stronger. More powerful. Increased flexibility. Faster reaction time. Increase sports vision capability. Instant changes in stability. Decreases in pain perception.  All of it is possible.. so can culminates in what the pros call a “flow state.”  Where your opponents seem to be in slow motion and you are 2 steps ahead.

Want to tap into the power of flow state?  Dr. Garcia and Dr. Clark will show you the way.

This course comprises of 2 parts, an online flipped classroom and live training component.
In this 45-hour flipped classroom and 25-hour live training module the following topics are covered:

Flipped classroom

  • The purpose of the brain
  • What does the brain need to perform at optimum?
  • Foundations of neurons, glia and the action potential
  • Neurotransmitters
  • The structure and organization of the nervous system
  • Lobes of the brain
  • Hemisphericity & connectomics
  • Cranial nerves and the cerebellum
  • The vestibular system
  • The somatosensory system
  • Spinal control of movement
  • Brain control of movement
  • Sports Vision training –  a NEURO-VISUAL primer

Live training

  • The link between brain firing frequency & athletic performance – Learn how neuroscience holds the key to unlocking the human potential.
  • Autonomic system assessments & applications – Learn evidence-based screens and tools to assess the current state of your athlete’s nervous system – no more guessing in your training prescriptions!
  • Nerve Neuromechanics & Brain-Based Exercises  – Learn movement drills designed to immediately enhance performance.
  • Assessments and brain-based training of reflexes for athletic development – Learn to harness the power of reflexes to instantly improve athletic movement.
  • The Neurology of Flow State – Learn neuro-training to be “In the zone”.. on demand!
  • Screens and brain-based training for “self-body mapping” – Anything less than PRECISE body awareness may decrease strength, speed, and may even increase the perception of pain. Assess and learn techniques to unlock body awareness for the athlete.
  • Screens and brain-based training for “body-to-world mapping” – Learn how to navigate your environment with increased athletic precision by training the parts of the brain that governs body-world interaction.
  • Neurology of Rhythm – Brain-based training of rhythm so your athletes can always be one step ahead of their competition.
  • Mastery of Peripheral Awareness – Improve speed of athletic decision-making while attending primary, secondary and tertiary visual tasks for increased performance and athlete safety.
  • Eye-Limb-Brain dominance assessment & brain-based training – Learn to optimize the brain’s control of eye-limb coordination.
  • Eye discipline™ – Learn a PROVEN neuro-visual training system used by the pro’s to improve an athlete’s speed, precision, and endurance.
  • Integrative models of elite performance – Review in-class examples of how the system all comes together.


Pre-reading list:

The following three textbooks are fundamental for the Carrick Institute Human Performance program as they cover the basics of human physiology.

McArdle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance 8th edition. Wolters Kluver 2014

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive view of the systems in the body during exercise. All topics from module 2, 3, and 4 are covered in this textbook.

Bear MF, Conners B, Paradiso M. Neuroscience – Exploring the Brain 4th edition. Wolters Kluwer 2016

  • This textbook provides a comprehensive description of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. All topics from module 5 are covered in this textbook.

Enoka RM. Neuromechanics of Human Movement 5th edition. Human Kinetics 2015.

  • Building on the fundamentals, this textbook provides an in-depth look at neural and biomechanical control of human movement. It is a great addition to the works of McArdle, Katch and Katch, and Bear, Conners and Paradiso.

Note: For each flipped classroom lesson, there will be select research papers included for discussion or as supplemental material.


Continuing Education (CE) Information:

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NSCA: 2.0 CEUs in Category A.

PTA Global: 24.0 CECs for the whole program

ECU CPD Approval: Each class in the program is approved for 25 CPDs.

If you are in need of continuing education hours for a different profession and/or states not listed above, please fill out a CE request with the link below.   Applications must be received 90 days in advance to assist with state board deadlines. 

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If you are in need of continuing education hours for one of the states above OR a state not listed, please fill out a CE request with the link below. Applications must be received 90 days in advance to assist with state board deadlines.
Course Information:
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Participants must sign in at the beginning of class, and out at the end of class daily to receive course credit. All modules are monitored by an assigned class registrar. If a scholar is not present, the registrar will note this information on the class roster. If you do not check in and out daily, you will not receive credit for your attendance.If at any time you have questions, please email admissions@carrickinstitute.com.
Prerequisites & Education Tracks :
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There are no prerequisites for this module.
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We encourage current students to speak with an academic advisor to select courses, inquire about tracks, receive support, and stay on track during your postgraduate education in neurology.

Set up an appointment to speak with a faculty advisor here: https://www.scheduleyou.in/mJu3AI



February 15 – 17, 2019
April 12 – 14, 2019
May 31 – June 2, 2019
September 13 – 15, 2019

Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 3:00pm


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254 53 Helsingborg


February 15 @ 9:00 AM
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